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Executive Director, Pierce College at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Pierce College District
Job Location:
Lakewood, 98498-1999
Veteran and Military Services


Position Summary

The mission of Pierce College is to create quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world. 

The Executive Director of Pierce College at Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) provides executive leadership and vision for our Military Education Programs located at JBLM – including learning, student success, and support functions – in order to advance the institution's mission, with intentional focus on advancing Black and Brown student excellence and building an anti-racist institution.

Reporting to the President of Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, the Executive Director is responsible for ensuring support and care for military/military-affiliated students, families, and partners. Working collaboratively, the Executive Director demonstrates sound judgment and leadership with the knowledge and skills necessary to: develop and manage equitable access through strategic enrollment efforts; explore and develop partnerships with local and national military installations and colleges/universities; supervise a talented and committed team; manage and oversee all elements of program operations including budget development and monitoring; maintain compliance with federal regulations related to military students; actively engage in military-related events and local and national partnerships; and assess the success of the program operations in advancing Pierce College’s equity-centered mission to create quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world. This position requires regular and consistent attendance.

About the District:

Pierce College is a high-performing, mission-driven, data-informed, student-focused district committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. For 55 years, Pierce College has developed a national reputation for academic excellence and support services to ensure student success. The district is proud of the many awards and recognitions it has received. Pierce College is an Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction and was the 2017 recipient of their prestigious Leah Meyer Austin Award, given for measurable improvements in student outcomes.

Named as a Top 5 Finalist and a Rising Star for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom was recognized for exceptional achievements in student learning, certificate and degree completion while in community college and after transferring to a four-year institution, employment and earnings rates after graduation, and access for and success of minority and low-income students. Pierce College District was named as a Top 10 finalist for the 2021 Aspen Prize and a Top 25 for 2023. Pierce is also one of 30 original AACC Guided Pathways colleges and one of first five College Spark Washington pathways colleges. We have bold goals to have all students on a career pathway to increase completion rates for all students and to close achievement gaps by 2027.

Want a feel for our District? Take a peek with aerial campus views! 

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom 

Located on a beautiful 140-acre site adjacent to a 340-acre community, recreational park, and Waughop Lake.

Pierce College Puyallup

Located on an expansive site with 125-acres of wooded land with beautiful hideaways.

Pierce College at JBLM 

Located at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord military sites, serving many of our military and active-duty families that are serving our country.

Our colleges enjoy a strong presence in the communities in which they serve and participate in numerous partnerships with business, community, government, and educational organizations.  Essential Functions

The Executive Director position will perform their duties while actively supporting Pierce College's integrated institutional values and core themes in the advancement of Military Education Programs including, but not limited to: 

Integrated Institutional and Program Core

  • Actively advance Pierce College's active commitments to equity, diversity, inclusion, and antiracism to advance Black and Brown student excellence and provide access, opportunity, and success for our diverse community of learners.
  • Contribute to an engaged and supportive team to advance equitable opportunities and partnership. 
  • Participate in committees and task forces to ensure collaboration on removing barriers and promoting access, opportunity, and success. 
  • Other duties as assigned to support the mission, goals, and objectives of the college. 

Leadership and Supervision:

  • Provide leadership and supervision for Pierce College at JBLM, including approximately 25 full-time staff and faculty and 70 part-time faculty and staff.
  • Champion professional learning and foster an equitable and accountable culture that cultivates innovation, community care, and academic excellence.
  • Provide overall program personnel supervision including recruitment, training, evaluation, scheduling, and accountability.
  • Ensure delivery of in-class and online educational programs plus a full array of student enrollment and advising services to over 8,500 military-affiliated enrollments per year. 
  • Actively support, engage in, and advance Pierce College's equity, diversity, and belonging efforts in order to provide access, support, and success for our diverse community of learners.

Strategic Planning and Budget:

  • Responsible for setting the vision and developing an innovative, entrepreneurial program strategy with viable cost structures.
  • Identify new business and revenue-generating opportunities, and supports new initiatives to increase equitable access and enrollments and improve delivery of services and educational programs.
  • Create new partnerships and agreements with military-affiliated education, transition, and veterans’ organizations, businesses, institutions, and agencies.
  • Develop and manage program budget and expenditures of over $8 million.

Outreach and Recruitment:

  • Work collaboratively with Marketing and Communications to develop marketing strategies and recruiting activities for new military-affiliated students.
  • Oversee associated contracts; hosts visits to Pierce College at JBLM and supports on- and off-campus events and projects relating to military-affiliated populations.
  • Represent Pierce College's military-affiliated educational programs within the Pierce College District, community, and nationally with Department of Defense (DoD) personnel, professional organizations, the WA State Board of Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), commissions and other agencies; attends community meetings and boards. 
  • Foster relationships with host education centers.


  • Oversee and actively works to maintain compliance with college, state, federal, and DoD policies, procedures, and regulations, including host Education Center and DoD memorandums of understanding,
  • Keep Pierce College District and staff informed of changes in policies and procedures.

Council and Committee Work:

  • Serves and represents military-affiliated students through engagement in District teams, committees, and councils as appropriate or assigned.

Contribution to Community:

  • Responds to requests and actively engages in community activities as a representative of Pierce College.


Required Education:

  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent education/experience.

Required Experience:

  • Five (5) years of progressive leadership responsibilities administering educational programs.
  • Three (3) years of experience in supervision and management or equivalent experience. 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead others in a constructive and inclusive manner while building sustainable, collaborative relationships. 

Special Requirements: 

  • The successful candidate must consent to and pass a criminal background check after a conditional offer of employment. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability to perform in this position.
  • As a condition of employment, the successful candidate must have the ability to obtain and maintain access to Department of Defense facilities (including but not limited to JBLM).
  • Must possess a valid Washington State Driver's License upon hire.
  • Must obtain reliable vehicle and/or transportation.
    • Must maintain vehicle registration, vehicle insurance, and driver's license to use vehicle on the military installation.

Required Competencies: Knowledge, skills, abilities, traits and characteristics: 

  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership in alignment with the mission, vision, values, and goals established by the district, with an intentional and visible commitment to racial and social justice.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively within a matrix organization, leading with cultural humility and vulnerability.
  • Demonstrated commitment to a comprehensive and equitable community college student learning experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership in strategic planning and decision-making based on data and institutional research.
  • Skilled in modeling and maintaining the values of candor, openness, inclusiveness, and transparency, and honesty to promote the integrity of the institution. 
  • Consistently act in a way that is both trustworthy and trusting, with particularly attention to building, maintaining, and restoring trusting relationships with others.
  • Ability to support and lead continuous equity, diversity, and belonging efforts to provide an antiracist environment for learning and student success. 
  • Ability to identify the need for change and effectively manage both the areas that remain stable and those that are changing. Exercise sound judgment and adaptability when dealing with ambiguous situations.
  • Commitment to engaging instruction and student services in the implementation of equitable college-wide student persistence, enrollment management, retention, and success strategies.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and strengthen partnerships with community partners and other educational institutions.

Application Process

Application Requirements: To be considered for this position, applicants must:

  • Meet the required qualifications as outlined in this announcement.
  • Complete the online application profile at
  • Apply for the specific job opening.
  • Upload (attach) a cover letter that addresses how you meet the required qualifications as outlined in this announcement. At Pierce College, we value culturally competent and compassionate individuals who bridge diverse backgrounds and perspectives in support of academic equity and excellence. In your cover letter, please address how you will support the mission of Pierce College to create quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world. Please include in your response how your previous education and/or professional experience contribute to your effectiveness in promoting a climate of student success for a diverse community of learners(Cover Letter)
  • Upload (attach) detailed résumé of all educational and professional experience. (Résumé)
  • Transcripts are not required in order to apply for this position; however, if you are selected for an interview, you will be asked to bring copies of unofficial transcripts showing completion of the required level of education and/or coursework
  • Please note: Certain positions require specific levels of educational attainment such as a post-secondary degree, licensures or certifications. In order to evaluate applicant materials to determine if the minimum qualifications are met, information regarding your education and experience should be included in your application materials.
  • Applications without transcripts attached, may receive notification that their application materials are incomplete. If you receive a notice and information has been provided elsewhere in your applications materials, please disregard. (Unofficial transcripts acceptable for application process; official transcripts required upon hire). (Transcripts) 
  • Upload (attach) a list of at least three professional references with names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. One of which must be a current or recent supervisor. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted. (References)
  • Provide a response to the following question (Supplemental Question):
  1. Pierce College's goal and mission centers around supporting Black and Brown Excellence. If selected for the position, how would you contribute to support this goal?

Please Note:To ensure consideration, application materials should be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.

All correspondence regarding your application status will be sent to the email address associated with your NeoEd account. Please make sure to check your spam folder periodically, in the case of an automated, incorrect delivery.

Terms of Employment:This is a full-time administrative - exempt position. The anticipated start date for this position is September 16, 2024. The primary work location will be at Pierce College at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) campus.Occasional travel to Pierce College campuses an/or other sites may occur. Standard work hours are between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, however, hours will vary with occasional evening and weekend hours required. This positionmay be approved for occasional telework. This position requires regular and consistent attendance. 

Salary & Benefits:The salary range for this position is $127,027.00 to $157,162.00 annually; new hires typically start at $132,320.00. This salary includes a Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) increase of 3% which becomes effective July 1, 2024.Your paycheck is just part of the total compensation package. There is an outstanding benefits package which is worth an additional value equivalent to about 30% of your salary. A comprehensive health care benefits package for you and your dependents includes medical, dental and vision insurance. Life and long- term disability insurance plans; vacation, sick and personal leave; reduced tuition; and retirement benefits are also provided. For more information, please visit our Benefits and Leave website at: benefits.

Physical Work Environment:This position works indoors in an office environment, which requires visual concentration on detail, dexterity, precision, and is subject to frequent noise and interruptions. 

Reasonable Accommodation:Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the application and employment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible. Requests should be made to the District Human Resources Office by Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service.

Screening & Interview Process:Only those candidates who have complied with the application process and meet the required qualifications will be considered. Following the review of application materials, the most qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Check the email account you used for the application process for communication regarding the status of your application. Application materials submitted to Pierce College are the property of the College and will not be returned.

Please note: This is a competitive selection process. Your application materials will be reviewed and evaluated based on the minimum qualifications listed for the position. Applicants whose qualifications most closely correspond to the District's needs will be eligible for further consideration. Notification of application status normally occurs 4 to 6 weeks after the closing date. Short notice may be given to applicants to participate in further selection processes which may include written, oral and performance examinations, and final interviews. 

Conditions of Employment:Pierce College is a “fully vaccinated campus” under the state’s higher education guidance, which means that COVID-19 vaccination is highly encouraged for all employees and students.Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington State Law RCW 28B.112.080.An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H-1B visa. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.Pierce College has adopted a Drug Free Workplace policy. As a condition of employment, employees must agree to abide by the requirements established in that policy.

Equal Opportunity:The Pierce College District is an equal opportunity employer. The Board of Trustees and Pierce College District are committed to providing equal opportunity and will not discriminate in terms and conditions of employment and personnel practices. Decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal.For more information about this position or assistance regarding your application, please contact the Human Resources office at:

Questions regarding equal employment opportunities or discrimination may be directed to the following:

Sean CookeTitle IX Coordinator(253) 840- 8472

Davi KallmanADACO/Section 504 Coordinator (253) 912-3715

Deena Forsythe Interim Vice President for Human Resources (253) 964- 6586

Paula Henson-WilliamsDistrict Affirmative Action Officer(253) 864- 3229

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